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Impairment   /ɪmpˈɛrmənt/   Listen

The occurrence of a change for the worse.  Synonyms: damage, harm.
A symptom of reduced quality or strength.  Synonym: deterioration.
The condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness.  Synonyms: disability, disablement, handicap.  "Hearing impairment"
Damage that results in a reduction of strength or quality.
The act of making something futile and useless (as by routine).  Synonyms: constipation, deadening, stultification.

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"Impairment" Quotes from Famous Books

... to back, and the battery is closed to all other impulses. Whether integrated for going forward or backward, if the battery be discharged at a proper rate until exhausted, the cells, though possessing no more power (fatigue), have sustained no further impairment of their elements than that of normal wear and tear. Furthermore, they may be restored to normal activity by recharging (rest). If the vehicle be placed against a stone wall, and the controller be placed at high-speed ...
— The Origin and Nature of Emotions • George W. Crile

... of the Constitution, which I have solemnly sworn to maintain and under which your freedom rests secure. Read each provision of that Bill of Rights and ask yourself whether you personally have suffered the impairment of a single jot of these great assurances. I have no question in my mind as to what your answer will be. The record is written in the experiences of your ...
— The Fireside Chats of Franklin Delano Roosevelt • Franklin Delano Roosevelt

... West, celebrated with enthusiasm the birthday anniversary of the Hudson's Bay Company, which has attained to the ripe old age of 250 years. Yet the eye of this ancient organization is not dimmed by time, nor does its power show signs of impairment. As it is around this old and honourable commercial and colonizing concern that the early history of Western Canada principally revolves, a few paragraphs on this subject seem to be necessary as we begin our story. We must have proper historical setting for the entrance of our famous ...
— Policing the Plains - Being the Real-Life Record of the Famous North-West Mounted Police • R.G. MacBeth

... stoutly-built figure, somewhat past the middle of life, but without any impairment of activity in her movements. A pleasing countenance, with good teeth and black eyes, a merry voice, and a ready tongue, were qualities more than sufficient to make her a favorite with the soldiers, whom I found she had followed to more than ...
— Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 3, August, 1850. • Various

... sake of precision and uniformity of terminology but of clear thinking, it is desirable that we should retain a distinction in regard to which Galen and the ancient physicians were very definite. They used pathos as the wider term involving affection (affectio) in general, not necessarily impairment of vital tissue; when that was involved there was nosos, disease. We have to recognize the distinction even if ...
— Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6) • Havelock Ellis

... for sleep is the confidence that one will sleep, and indifference if one does not. It is an aid in the adoption of this frame of mind to learn that many have for years slept only a few hours per night, without noticeable impairment of their health or comfort. Neither unbroken nor long-continued sleep, however desirable, is essential to longevity or efficiency. This is ...
— Why Worry? • George Lincoln Walton, M.D.

... from other qualities; and if, to increase speed, you reduce fighting power, you increase something you cannot certainly hold, at the expense of something at once much more important and more constant—less liable to impairment. In the operation just cited the loss of speed was comparatively of little account; but the question of fighting ...
— Lessons of the war with Spain and other articles • Alfred T. Mahan

... your hours of work and leisure. Give more and more time to your business each day until there comes an impairment in the quality of your work. Stop short of this. You have found your norm ...
— Initiative Psychic Energy • Warren Hilton

... movement. We find particular parts of the nervous organism contributing each its share, in a more or less independent way, to the whole flow of the mental life; and in cases of injury or removal of this part or that, there is a corresponding impairment ...
— The Story of the Mind • James Mark Baldwin

... with a vessel on the high seas or with aircraft proceeding over the high seas, which interference is not affirmatively sanctioned by the law of nations shall be, for the purposes of this convention, considered an impairment of political independence." ...
— The Peace Negotiations • Robert Lansing

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